Firstly I would have posted this yesterday on Mother’s Day but I was off the grid most of the day relaxing and hanging out with my children. That to me is the best part of Mother’s Day. A day where there isn’t a lot of demands. We aren’t running from one dance class or school event to another. It’s just a day where if we want to go out for lunch we can. If we want to just hang out at home and watch a movie we can. I’m not one for big parties. If it’s a choice between that or just relaxing at home with my family I’m usually going to decide to relax at home.
Last year (2014) Mother’s Day celebrated its 100th anniversary here in the US. 100 years of thanking Moms for their amazing contributions. In reading up a bit on how this great holiday came to be I found out that its current state isn’t really how it started. Read this article from National Geographic last year on the Dark History of Mother’s Day. Not all about the flowers and gifts we see today. Yesterday there was a further story on Time.com about the founder Anna Jarvis who ended up being one of the biggest opponent to Mother’s Day. She was staunchly against the commercialization of Mother’s Day.
I agree that all this public shout outs, over-priced flower arrangements, need for expensive gifts or meals has gotten to be a bit much. Don’t get me wrong I love that my children want to celebrate Mother’s Day so long as that means gifts from the heart (usually hand crafted) and just wanting to go off the grid and spend time together.
Happy Belated Mother’s Day everyone!